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  ISSUE 24/2005

31 October 2005  


Believe it or not, but it's time to start thinking about Christmas. It's less than 6 weeks to the social highlight in the calendar for the Nordic Chambers in Japan, the 13th Scandinavian Christmas Party. We will start accepting reservations next week, but before that, we would like some more Finnish related companies to sign up as sponsors, at this moment we have only three, trailing the other chambers with quite some distance. So please give it a thought and click HERE !

In this bulletin I have reminders of two important events, the luncheon with Tetsuya Chikushi on Tuesday and the Stora Enso Golf Cup on Friday, where we need some reinforcement to our team to finally be able to beat the Swedish team!

Registrations for both of those events are due this week!

Tue. 8 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Tetsuya Chikushi

At our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday 8 November we will have the well-known TBS News 23 anchor Tetsuya Chikushi as our guest speaker. The theme of his presentation will be: Views on current topics in Japan and Finland.


Date & Time:Tuesday 8 November 12:00-1400
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Silver Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 4 November

  Profile of Tetsuya Chikushi
Tetsuya Chikushi was born in 1935 in Oita prefecture. After graduating from Waseda University he joined Asahi Shimbun in 1959 where he served among other things as correspondent in Okinawa, Washington DC and New York and Editor for Asahi Journal,

He was appointed anchorman for TBS News 23 in 1989.

Chikushi has done exclusive interviews with many world leaders including President Clinton, Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji. Chikushi is Japan's leading journalist with deep insight and a wide circle of acquaintances.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right, at latest on Friday 4 November.
Fri. 11 November - Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

The 7th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 11 November for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Both Chambers will also play for their own respective cups.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Friday, 11 November (shotgun start at 9:00)
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, tax and lunch/party fee and tax)
Registration:by Wednesday, 2 November

After the registration dead-line we will send you further information, starting times, groups and directions to the course. Prize donations are naturally most welcome!

For map and more information, including the special additional pack, click here.

If you would like to register (no later than Fri. 28 October), please use the registration form at the in the above information flyer, or click link at right to register by email.
Effortless to 500 km/h on the ground!
- Report from the Maglev Train Test Ride

Twelve FCCJ members could experience a unique sensation on Thursday 27 October when they were able to take a test ride on the Superconducting Maglev train at the Yamanashi Maglev test line, courtesy of our member, Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai).

The train holds the world's highest speed on a railway, 581 km/h, but during test rides with passengers, the maximum speed is limited to 500 km/h. The participants, however, felt that this was amazing enough, and were impressed by the effortlessness, and short time, in which the train accelerated to this speed (actually the speedometer at one point showed 503 km/h).

It was also interesting to hear that a Finnish company supplies a vital component to the magnetic levitation technology; Niobium Titanium coils from Outokumpu.

To find out more about the test ride, click link at right.
News from Finland

Metso to Supply Coating Machine to Jujo Thermal in Finland

Metso Paper will supply a coating machine for thermal paper to Jujo Thermal Ltd., located in Kauttua, Finland. The coating machine will start its operation during second half of 2006. The value of the delivery exceeds EUR 10 million. The order has been booked in the third quarter of 2005.

Jujo Thermal Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of direct thermal papers for self-adhesive laminates within the retail and logistic use, and also an important supplier of high-quality direct thermal papers for cash receipt, fax and special applications. The company is a Finnish-Japanese joint venture owned by Ahlstrom Corporation, Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Founded in 1992, Jujo Thermal employs 88 people and its net sales in 2004 amounted to approximately EUR 56 million.
Grin of the week

Change of mind - letter from Belinda:

Dear John,
I have been unable to sleep since I broke off our engagement.
Won't you forgive and forget? Your absence is breaking my heart.
I was a fool, nobody can take your place. I love you.

All my love,


PS Congratulations on winning this week's lottery.

A final note; most of the countries that apply Daylight Saving Time (or Summer Time) moved back to regular time last night. So time difference between Japan and Finland is now 7 hours.

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 600 recipients among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.